Providing an opportunity for every person
to help children heal, learn and thrive.

Holiday Heroes

Bringing Holiday Joy To Children In Need

It’s the little things that bring hope and joy to a child in need. The Children’s Foundation of America supports children affected by abuse, neglect or abandonment. Join the campaign to help thousands of local displaced youth in foster care, residential therapeutic programs, shelters, under-served communities, or children identified by their school as in-need. The circumstances these children face is beyond their control, help a child feel loved and cherished during the holidays. The Children’s Foundation of America’s mission is to provide an opportunity for every person to help children heal, learn and thrive. Be a Holiday Hero! See below for the different ways to get involved and help a child in need this Christmas.


Gift Drive

Donate a new, unwrapped gift for ages 0-18. Drop off Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Children’s Foundation of America office, located at 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Suite B-200, Claremont.

Thank you to our Gift Drive Locations:
Toshiba, Irvine
MetLife, Walnut Creek
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard, San Bernardino
Image Source USA, San Bernardino
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, San Bernardino
Mijac Alarm, Rancho Cucamonga
JCM Engineering, Ontario
NRI Distribution, Fontana
The Hillman Group, Rialto
CG Realtors, Claremont
Scripps College, Claremont
Center for Spiritual Living, Claremont
Plume Ridge, Claremont
White, Nelson, Diehl, Evans
Ben Bridge Jewelry, Montclair Place
Ahava Chiropractic, Upland
Agape Movement Christian Church
Casa Moreno, Claremont
Laemmle Movie Theatre, Claremont
Wynder Law, Claremont
Learning Annex, San Dimas
DoubleTree by Hilton, Claremont
MBM Credit Solutions
Integrity Home Finance



Help the Foundation purchase gifts and other needs for children in need by making a tax-deductible donation on our donation page or mail a check to Children’s Foundation of America. P.O. Box 1210, Claremont, CA 91711.

Special thank you to Holiday Heroes:
Christina Jackson
Kevin Mink
Jorge Merlos
Ed Reese



Help gift wrap for donations at Montclair Place, located at 5060 East Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair. Contact Paula Leal at or 909-426-0773 ext. 234 to sign up for a shift.

Thank you to our Volunteer Captains and Group Teams:
Vicki Rensch
Karen Valente
Jim Athey
Wells Fargo
Lion’s Heart
Claremont McKenna College
Tapestry Church Claremont


Gift Wrap Fundraiser

For a small donation, Children’s Foundation of America volunteers will wrap your gifts for you. Open December 7-8, 13-24 at Montclair Place on the lower level next to Nordstrom, during Nordstrom hours.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors:
AMC Solutions
Claremont Lincoln University
Rotary Club of Claremont


For more information, call 909-426-0773 or email


Holiday Heroes

Holiday Heroes Gift Drive a Major Success

Holiday Heroes
At the end of each year, the Children’s Foundation of America focuses on making children’s holiday wishes come true through our annual Holiday Heroes campaign. The initiative features a toy drive, gift wrapping fundraiser and the involvement of several volunteers and partners.

Wells FargoHoliday Heroes Fulfill Wishes

The Children’s Foundation of America’s Holiday Heroes gift drive was a resounding success. The Foundation was able to fulfill the wishes of nearly 400 children in Trinity Youth Services foster care and residential treatment programs. Children submitted three wishes and the Foundation was able to grant them all. For younger children, the wishes were mainly toys and games and the older children requested gift cards for retailers, entertainment and restaurants. The Foundation is proud to support the children of Trinity, all of whom have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other traumatic circumstance. The Foundation was also able to provide toys and other items to the Benjamin E. Jones Community Resource Center for their “Sweet Little Angels” gift giveaway program, benefiting children of families living in poverty.


The Gift Wrapping booth at the Plaza West Covina mall, which was staffed by volunteers who contributed 501 hours of time, brought in nearly $9,000. “Giving Tree” wishes, granted by shoppers, brought in gifts for children totaling $1,544. Our sincerest thanks to Laura Gonzales and the management of the Plaza West Covina for their support.

Our Partners

Fenceworks of Riverside contributed an overwhelmingly generous supply of gift cards for teens and toys, bikes, helmets and jackets for children of all ages. Holiday Heroes Toy Box Sponsors included West Coast Dermatology Billers, Toshiba, Advantage Resourcing, Mijac Alarm, JCM Engineering, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Special thanks to Foundation Trustee, Carla Kingsbury, for encouraging Wells Fargo to increase their level of giving every year for the past five years.

Image Source
Image Source USA
raised the bar on both a personal and corporate level. Trustee Judith Jarvis, Vice President of Sales for Image Source, personally made a significant contribution, then challenged Image Source President, Brad Craft, to match her gift. She then gathered an additional donation from her sales team with their Branch Manager, Jordan Craft, leading the way. The total gift from the company totaled more than $7,000 and was used to fulfill individual children’s wishes and larger shared gifts such as sports equipment and new library books for youth living in residential placement settings.

Girl Scout Troop #1455 donated toiletries for teen girls and the Saddleback Kiwanis Club donated Therapy Dolls. The Today Show Charitable Foundation donated stuffed animals. These are just a few of the examples of generosity from some of the Foundation’s treasured partners.

“Giving Trees” were sponsored by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce and Tapestry Church Claremont. Heirloom Claremont hosted a “Make ‘N Take” ornament fundraiser and The Colony at Loft 204 gallery collected donations by selling Christmas cards designed by foster children. Several guests to the Claremont events Giving Tuesday and Holiday Promenade collected wishes from the Foundation’s “Giving Tree” and dropped off toys to the office throughout November and December.

The Board of Trustees and staff of the Children’s Foundation of America want to thank all of the donors and volunteers for making this year such a tremendous success. You have truly put the “Merry” in “Merry Christmas” for children who need it most. You are all truly Holiday Heroes!

Holiday Heroes


Rebecca Ustrell, Community Outreach Coordinator
Becky acts as liaison for Children’s Foundation of America. On any given day she could be meeting with potential donors, coordinating a fundraising event, recruiting volunteers and forming partnerships with other nonprofits that can benefit from the help of our Foundation. Becky is currently studying sociology as well as fine art and helps organize the Claremont Art Walk. You will most likely find Becky working on freelance illustrations, playing the cello, mingling at a chamber of commerce event or volunteering in the community.